Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution Michael Russell stated these driving UK authorities Brexit coverage weren’t eager about listening to requires a softer Brexit and other people in Scotland must be beneath no phantasm in regards to the injury that will be precipitated.
The UK authorities has made clear that it’ll not decide to aligning with EU requirements or settle for the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Addressing the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Europe and External Relations Committee as we speak, Russell stated this might lead to new boundaries to commerce and exports, a fall in nationwide earnings in comparison with EU membership and injury to social care and the NHS.
Consequently, the Scottish authorities will now additional prioritize work to mitigate the injury whereas in search of to present Scotland the proper to decide on a distinct path. A brand new Continuity Bill can be launched to the Scottish parliament quickly which might make it simpler to align with future EU requirements in areas such because the atmosphere and human rights.
In addition, the Scottish authorities will search to guard susceptible exports akin to seafood and purple meat, press for continued participation in EU analysis and scholar programmes and search replacements for safety initiatives together with the EU arrest warrant.
Russell stated: “The UK government is determined to pursue a destructive and damaging hard Brexit. As of today, devolved ministers have been given no chance to even look at its negotiating mandate, let alone influence it. We will, of course, continue trying to protect Scotland’s interests. But unless something fundamental changes, the UK intends to inflict the hardest of Brexits on us, rather than negotiating with us. We must stand up for ourselves to stop that happening.”